Is this another reason why I should be called a "crazy dog parent"? Or do lots of people do this?
I shovel paths throughout the yard for the dogs in the winter. The dogs are so short, it's easy for them to end up belly deep in snow. When it's "warmer" (-12C/10F or warmer), they're not too picky about having to wallow in the snow; and they often have fun frollicking in it. But when it's cold, (-20C/-4F or colder), it's hard for them to be out there, and I imagine having your legs totally immersed in snow just makes it that much colder. So, I shovel for them. They can make it to a pee spot, sniff around, or even chase each other through the "maze" for a few minutes. They tend to stick pretty close to the paths when it's cold. I do think they appreciate it.